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AOpen eschews Intel Atom and goes for Centrino 2

by Tarinder Sandhu on 5 June 2008, 08:11

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Whilst everyone else is jumping on the Atom bandwagon, the folks over at AOpen intend to outfit the latest iteration of the XC mini with the guts of Intel's upcoming Centrino 2.

The MP45-DR and MP45-D measure just 165mm x 50mm x 165mm (WxHxD) and are based around Socket-P mainboards that support mobile Intel Core 2 Duo (Penryn) and Celeron CPUs.

Graphics will be provided by the upcoming GMA X4500 that promises DX10 compatibility - from both hardware and software viewpoints - and the ability to help the decode of  Blu-ray content.

Highlighting the laptop heritage, the MP45 features dual-channel DDR2 SO-DIMMs.

The remote-control-driven MP45-DR model also packs in DVI, VGA, and HDMI (via a converter) connectivity, as well as Gigabit LAN and a Super MultiDrive. We wait for the model with Blu-ray capability, however.

Here's the underlying motherboard. Notice the two mini-card slots? One will probably be reserved for a WiFi card, and the other for general expansion.

AOpen claims an idle noise profile of just 22dB, so think of it as a glorified laptop base that looks rather cute.

No word on pricing or availability; expect it after Centrino 2 is officially rolled out.

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Wow. This thing is TINY…. Looks awesome!